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The 28-year-old captain said he didn’t consider that possibility.
“No, I didn’t look at it like that. This is where I want to be. I’m just focused on doing what I can for the team.”
With the Rangers having played their final game before the NHL’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, all Callahan can do now is wait to see how the situation unfolds.
The pending unrestricted free agent has yet to come to terms on a contract extension with the Rangers and though the two sides have met in the middle on a six-year term -- multiple sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that Callahan's camp has moved off it's initial request of seven years -- they are still working to bridge the gap on salary. Still, GM Glen Sather appears committed to moving the heart-and-soul winger if he can’t get him under contract soon.
Hence, the rampant speculation that has been hounding Callahan over the past month, when news first broke that he was being shopped.
Understandably, he is ready to put all that talk behind him soon.
“Yeah, definitely,” Callahan said. “It’s been on my mind -- there’s no secret there -- so it’ll be nice to get it done with and move past it.”
As it stands, Callahan is one of the most alluring players on the market, though this deadline seems to have the makings of an unusual one in the type of talent that may be available. Both Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler are reportedly seeking exits from their respective clubs, and players such as Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson will round out the rental market.
One player that will no longer be a trade target for the many playoff teams looking to solidify their blue line? Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, who inked a six-year $33 million contract extension with the Rangers on Friday.
With Girardi’s deal done, the question now is whether his good friend and teammate, Callahan, is next.
“Just wait and see, I guess,” Callahan said. “Obviously my heart’s still here and I want to be here, so we’ll see what happens.”